CONSORZIO VALPOLICELLA REQUESTS PERMISSION TO REDUCE QUOTAS OF GRAPES ALLOCATED FOR APPASSIMENTO TO 35% AND TO ELIMINATE PROVISION FOR STOCK-KEEPING FOLLOWING ABNORMAL SUMMER WEATHER CONDITIONS

Just a few days before the beginning of the harvest, the board of governors of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella unanimously voted yesterday to request the Regione Veneto to reduce the quota of grapes to be set aside for Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella from 50% (previously decided in July) to 35%. This significant decision for the Consorzio became necessary following atypical weather conditions with unusually high rainfall and insufficient sun in the months of July and August. President Christian Marchesini explained, “These measures will substitute the request previously presented to the Regione Veneto to stock 15% of the wine destined to become Amarone della Valpolicella obtained from the 2014 vintage. We agreed that the only way to protect Amarone, our appellation’s flagship wine, was by safeguarding the quality. Despite the inevitable reduction in terms of numbers of bottles available for the market, this is the only measure available to be sure that only grapes of the highest quality will be allocated for appassimento. This year, the process will last longer than previous years given that by law no artificial treatments to increase the alcohol content can be used on Amarone. We recommend all producers to pay the utmost attention when selecting grapes”, concluded the President, “for the good of the whole Valpolicella appellation”.